I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry.
A couple of years ago, I read The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 and ¼ Years old. I have recently retired, so I decided to explore the sequel, On the Bright Side: The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen. It proved to be funny, with a measure of pathos.
The story begins on “Wednesday, December 31, 2014. […] I shall do my best, but there is to be no whining if the diary I am starting tomorrow does not make it all the way through to the end of the year. A one-in-five chance” (1). Fortunately, he makes it.